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Phone Number of The Open University is +44 (0)845 300 60 90 .

The Open University - OU Milton Keynes, but officially "the" is part of its name is the distance learning university founded and funded by the UK Government. It is notable for having an open entry policy, i.e. students' previous academic achievements are not taken into account for entry to most undergraduate courses. The majority of undergraduate students are based in the United Kingdom, but its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can be studied anywhere in the world. There are a number of full-time postgraduate students based on campus where they take courses and attend the OU facilities for research. The Open University - OU Milton Keynes was established in 1969 and the first students enrolled in January 1971. It is incorporated by Royal Charter as an exempt charity in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland. The administration is based at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, but has regional centers in each of its thirteen regions around the UK. It also has offices in other European countries.


The Open University - OU Milton Keynes was founded by the Labour government of Harold Wilson, based on the vision of Michael Young (later Lord Young of Dartington). Planning commenced in 1965 under Minister of State for Education Jennie Lee, who led an advisory committee consisting of university vice-chancellors, educationalists and broadcasters. The BBC's Assistant Director of Engineering at the time, James Redmond had obtained most of his qualifications at night school, and his natural enthusiasm for the project did much to overcome the technical difficulties of using television to broadcast teaching programmes. The Open University - OU Milton Keynes awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as non-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates, or continuing education units.With more than 180,000 students enrolled, including more than 25,000 students studying overseas. It is the largest academic institution in the UK by student number, and qualifies as one of the world's largest universities. Since it was founded, more than 3 million students have studied its courses. It was rated top university in England and Wales for student satisfaction in the 2005 and 2006 UK government national student satisfaction survey, and second in the 2007 survey.


The Open University - OU Milton Keynes provides university education to those wishing to pursue higher education on a part-time and/or distance learning basis, including disabled people, who are officially a priority group for the university. The British Government asked The Open University - OU Milton Keynes to continue the work of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) when it was dissolved. The CNAA formerly awarded degrees at the polytechnics which have since become universities. The OU uses a variety of methods for distance learning, including written and audio materials, the Internet, disc-based software and television programmes on DVD. Course-based television broadcasts by the BBC, which started on 3 January 1971, ceased on 15 December 2006. Materials are composed of originally-authored work by in-house and external academic contributors, and from third-party materials licensed for use by The Open University - OU Milton Keynes students. For most courses, students are supported by tutors ("Associate Lecturers") who provide feedback on their work and are generally available to them at face-to-face tutorials, by telephone, and/or on the Internet. A number of short courses worth ten points are now available that do not have an assigned tutor but offer an online conferencing service (Internet Forum) where help and advice is offered through conferencing "Moderators". Some courses have mandatory day schools. These are day-long sessions which a student must attend in order to pass the course. One example of such a course is the K301 - Advanced Certificate in Health Promotion - which has two mandatory day schools/workshops, focusing on communication skills, counseling and practical issues related to health promotion. Nevertheless, it is possible to seek excusal upon the basis of ill-health (or other extenuating circumstances), and many courses have no mandatory face-to-face component.


Many faculties of The Open University - OU Milton Keynes have now introduced short courses worth ten points. Most of these courses are taught online, and start at regular intervals throughout the year. They typically provide an introduction to a broader subject over a period of ten weeks; these are generally timed during vacations at conventional universities in order to take advantage of their facilities. Some science courses, which require only home study, are complemented by residential courses, in order to allow the student to gain practical laboratory experience in that field; typically, an award of degree or diploma will require completion of both. The Open University - OU Milton Keynes provided Different courses are run at different times of the year, but, typically, a 30 or 60 point course will run from February through to October. Assessment is by both continual assessment (with, normally, between four and eight assignments during the year) and, for most, a final examination or, on some courses, a major assignment.


The Open University - OU Milton Keynes Business School is the largest provider of MBAs in the UK, producing more graduates than all the rest of the business schools in the UK put together. Its courses are recognised by AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB, and CEL. Although the majority of students at the Business School are in the UK, many of the courses are also available throughout most of the world. Students study via distance learning for a Certificate or Diploma in Management and MBA programmes. A number of courses have compulsory residential school which students must attend. The faculty also offers Honours and Foundation degrees in Business Studies and Leadership & Management.



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The address of The Open University is PO Box 197, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ, United Kingdom.

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The Website of The Open University is www.open.ac.uk.

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The customer support phone number of The Open University is +44 (0)845 300 60 90 (Click phone number to call).

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